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EOS-1D Mark II

EOS-1D Mark II

EOS-1D Mark II

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Marketed April 2004
Original Price Open price

The EOS-1D Mark II, replacing the EOS-1D model released in December 2001, was designed to meet the rigorous demands of professional news, sports and studio photographers. The EOS-1D Mark II incorporates a large APS-H-size (28.7 x 19.1 mm) CMOS sensor with 8.2-million effective pixels and, maximizing the performance potential of the sensor, Canon’s new proprietary DIGIC II high-speed digital signal-processing integrated circuit. The DIGIC II circuit performs detailed processing of large-volume data at extremely high speed, satisfying professional demands for superlative image quality and responsiveness in any shooting situation.
In response to requests from professional users, Canon has included a range of new features in the EOS-1D Mark II, including a greater choice of image-quality settings, with four JPEG sizes and ten compression levels in addition to RAW files. Additionally, two customizable color-matrix settings, in addition to five preset modes, enable image optimization according to the requirements of the subject or output device. Moreover, dedicated card slots for CompactFlash and SD memory cards enable simultaneous backup or selective recording to either card, while a video output terminal enables users to view images on a television screen. The model also incorporates a two-inch 230,000-dots LCD monitor which, doubling the resolution of the previous model’s, enables magnification up to 10x to effectively check image focus during playback.

The EOS-1D Mark II offers outstanding resilience, boasting improvements such as dramatically increased shutter durability capable of withstanding 200,000 cycles. A lightweight, heavy-duty magnesium alloy exterior provides exceeding rigidity as well as electromagnetic shielding, while thorough water- and dust-resistant sealing in 70 locations, including all switches, body seams and memory-card slots, ensures users of unfailing reliability under even the most grueling conditions. Incorporating an AF system with a high-speed split-multiprocessor architecture, the EOS-1D Mark II realizes improved AF performance. In addition to matching the camera’s 8.5 fps continuous-shooting speed, the camera delivers One-Shot AF speed and AI Servo AF focusing precision superior to those of the EOS-1D. The camera also features Canon’s new E-TTL II automatic flash exposure control which, used with Canon’s EX-series Speedlite flashes, employs a revised metering algorithm to achieve more precise, stable exposure control.
The latest and most advanced addition to Canon’s range of professional digital SLRs, the EOS-1D Mark II inherits the renowned functions and usability of the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds. These include the company’s proprietary 45-point area autofocus, which makes photo composition quick and easy by eliminating the need to position the subject at the center of the picture; a 21-Zone Evaluative metering sensor to ensure ideal exposure performance; an advanced full-frame viewfinder; and Custom Function control, which allows users to tailor camera operations to their individual preferences.
Further catering to the needs of pro users, the new camera ships with a software suite that includes Canon’s newly developed high-speed RAW-image-processing application, Digital Photo Professional. The newly developed application incorporates input from professional users, including high-speed image previews, a multi-frame editing window and batch processing, to boost workflow efficiency when working with large quantities of RAW images. Also included among the bundled software is the all-purpose EOS Viewer Utility which, based on Canon’s previous File Viewer Utility, features such improvements as high-speed RAW-image previews and a refined user-interface for enhanced operability.

Type Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording medium Type I or II CF card, SD memory card
Image size 28.7 x 19.1mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lens)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is equal to approx. 1.3 times the marked focal length. )
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 8.20 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 8.50 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Recording System
Recording format DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG and RAW
Image format JPEG, RAW, (12 bit)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous recording Provided
File size (1) L (Large): Approx. 2.8 MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)
(2) M1 (Medium1):Approx. 2.2 MB (3104 x 2072 pixels)
(3) M1 (Medium2): Approx. 1.7 MB (2544 x 1696 pixels)
(4) S (Small): Approx. 1.0 MB (1728 x 1152 pixels)
(5) RAW: Approx. 8.3 MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)

* JPEG quality: 8
* Exact file sizes depend on the JPEG quality, subject, ISO speed, etc

Folders Folder creation/selection enabled
File numbering (1) Consecutive numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset
Processing parameters Standard parameters plus up to three custom processing parameters can be set
Color matrix Five standard types plus two types that can be registered with color matrix
Backup image recording Enabled (Same image recordable on CF card and SD memory card)
Interface IEEE1394 for personal computers
USB for direct printing
Video output(NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
Settings Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting, custom white balance(Total 10 settings)
Auto white balance Hybrid Auto white balance with the CMOS sensor and a dedicated external sensor
Personal white balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color temperature compensation White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments

* Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible

Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Approx. 100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Magnification 0.72x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint 20 mm
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 – +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen Interchangeable (9 types), Standard focusing screen: Ec-CIII
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission:reflection ratio of 37:63,no mirror cut-off with EF 1200mm f/5.6 or shorter lens)
Viewfinder information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, spot metering circle, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), white balance correction, JPEG recording, number of remaining shots, memory card information
Depth-of-field Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece shutter Built-in
Type TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF points 45 AF points (Area AF)
AF working range EV 0-18 (at ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Focusing modes One-Shot AF (ONE SHOT)
Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Automatic selection, manual selection, home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF assist beam Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering modes 21-zone TTL full aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering
• metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
• AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder)
• Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center-weighted averaged metering
Metering range EV 0-20 (at 20°C/68°F with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control systems Program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture priority AE, E-TTL II autoflash, manual, flash metered manual
ISO speed range Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200
Exposure compensation AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Bracketing methods:
1. Shutter speed or aperture
2. ISO speed
±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes.
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote control Remote control with N3 type terminal
EOS dedicated Speedlite E-TTL autoflash with EX series Speedlite
PC terminal Provided
Drive System
Drive modes Single, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, self-timer
Continuous shooting speed Low-speed continuous: Approx. 3 shots/sec. High-speed continuous: Approx. 8.5 shots/sec.
Max. burst JPEG: Approx. 40 shots (Large, JPEG 8)
RAW: Approx. 20 shots
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 2.0″
Dots Approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness adjustment Five levels provided
Interface languages 12
Image Playback
Image display format Single image, single image (INFO.), 4-image index, 9-image index, magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x – 10x), rotated image
Highlight alert In he single image and single image (INFO.) formats, any overexposed highlight areas will blink in the image display.
Image Protection and Erase
Protection Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or canceled at one time.
Erase One image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be erased (except protected images) at one time.
Sound Recording
Recording method The voice annotation recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image.
File format WAV
Recording time Max. 30 sec. per recording
Direct Printing
Compatible printers CP Direct, Bubble Jet Direct, and PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG images (Print ordering enabled with DPOF version 1.1)
Custom functions 21 Custom Functions with 67 settings
Personal functions 26
Camera settings saving/reading Possible
Power Source
Battery One Ni-MH Pack NP-E3

* AC power can be supplied via AC adapter and DC coupler

Number of possible shots At 20°C/68°F: Approx. 1200
At 0°C/32°F: Approx. 800

* The above figures apply when a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 is used.

Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Date/time back-up battery One CR2025 lithium battery
Dimensions and Weight
(W x H x D)
156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Body only: 1220 g (43 oz.) , Battery: 335 g (11.8 oz.)
Working Conditions
Operating temperature range 0°C – 45°C / 32°F-113°F
Operating humidity range 85% or less